Reds GM Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he has spoken to Edgar Renteria’s agent.
Gosh, I hope he wasn’t insulting!
Jocketty is familiar with Renteria, of course, as he was the guy who signed him to play for the Cardinals. Based on his previous comments, however, it seems kind of doubtful that Renteria would come to Cincinnati to be Paul Janish’s backup. But I guess crazier things have happened. Things like Renteria being insulted at a million dollar offer.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: